SA Shorts II: #2minutenoodles

UJ Arts & Culture, supported by Wordfest and the National Arts Festival, is excited to announce their call for new scripts.

Playwrights and theatre makers; can you deliver a captivating narrative in 2 minutes, or less?

SA Shorts II #2minutenoodles is looking for 2-minute (max) play scripts. The selected short-listed scripts will be presented for a live reading at Wordfest, which forms part of The National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) 2017 programme; scripts will be assessed by a panel of industry experts and selected scripts will move through to the publication and production process planned for 2018. The production may premiere at the 2018 National Arts Festival accompanied by a publication of these 24 new scripts.

The genesis of SA Shorts II #2minutenoodles is SA Shorts: quickies for a microwave generation compiled and originally directed for UJ Arts & Culture by Alby Michaels in 2012 and Short, Sharp & Snappy 1 and 2 (2011) compiled by Robin Malan and Colleen Moroukian, the latter publications aimed specifically at high schools and published through the inspired independent press, Junkets Publishers.

#2minutenoodles is set to amuse and to intrigue, creating an exciting platform for new, emerging and established South African and Pan-African playwrights without the pressure of commercial constraints or the box office bottom line. The criteria of the #2minutenoodle is that the work must be predominately in English though some vernacular will be allowed, and may not be longer than 120 seconds, i.e. 2 minutes. Furthermore, this noodle should be a stand-alone piece and must have its own build and crises. To resolve or not – is up to you! The theme for 2017 is – Time.

The closing date for final submissions is 11 June 2017. Submissions in the form of a Word document accompanied by a 100-word bio should be mailed to All successful applicants will be notified via email by no later than Wednesday 21 June 2017. All applicants will receive feedback on their scripts by the panel of industry experts.

For further information, please mail Fumani Mabogoane on


UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg, produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, expanding these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through internal and external collaborations. It has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education. Equipped with state-of-the art, custom-built facilities, the Faculty is staffed by highly regarded academics, architects, artists and designers.

For regular updates on the UJ Arts Centre follow @UJArtsCentre on Twitter or visit the University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture Facebook page. Call 011 559 4674/3058 for general enquiries.